Lara Daniels Pens New Coming-of-age Novel With Gruesome Twist

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Donna Calder was kidnapped and raped, and now she’s enacting revenge in ‘Panik’.

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According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, someone is sexually assaulted every two minutes in the United States. Author Lara Daniels sheds a new light on sexual assault through her debut novel, “Panik” (published by Trafford Publishing), the story of one terrible crime and the victim’s path to redemption.

Donna Calder lived the life of a privileged teenager growing up in Texas, trying to navigate her way through high school and dreaming about life afterwards. But, all dreaming stops when Donna is kidnapped and brutally assaulted. When she is miraculously rescued, Donna becomes mute and alienates herself from her family as she struggles to cope with what happened. The only person who seems to be able to reach Donna is Thord Azarov, her anti-social rescuer with a troubled past.

Years pass, and Donna and Thord grow closer, finding common ground in their mutual suffering. Together they hatch a plan to exact revenge on Donna’s kidnappers. Will Donna and Thord ever find the peace and redemption they crave?

Daniels paints a frightening yet hopeful vision of life after sexual assault through her well-crafted novel. “’Panik’s’ aim is to create awareness around this topic, but the story is told with an element of humor to lighten the darker shadows that lurk within it,” she says. “I also want to give people hope that they can, with the help of good people, overcome devastating experiences.”

An excerpt from “Panik”:

“I have a plan. I don’t know that it’s the wisest course of action, or even that it won’t cost me my sanity. Or my life. I do believe however that it is what I must do. And that it must be done my way. I’m asking you to trust me . . . and to pray.”

By Lara Daniels
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 670 pages | ISBN 9781466982406
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 670 pages | ISBN 9781466982383
E-Book | 670 pages | ISBN 9781466982390
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Lara Daniels lives and writes in Cape Town, South Africa, with two amazing children and a bad-tempered parrot.

Trafford Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC, author services imprint, was the first publisher in the world to offer an “on-demand publishing service,” and has led the independent publishing revolution since its establishment in 1995. Trafford was also one of the earliest publishers to utilize the Internet for selling books. More than 10,000 authors from over 120 countries have utilized Trafford’s experience for self publishing their books. For more information about Trafford Publishing, or to publish your book today, call 1-888-232-4444 or visit

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